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Old 01-26-2009, 03:05 PM   #15
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Coming into Arizona on I-40 is R 66, the first few miles there are a number of exits with Indian trinkits. They are fun stops. Holbrook,az is home to the Tee Pee motel( it may be Winslow) the TeePee is a must see. Flagstaff Main st is old R66 lots to see. Williams,Az Main st is old R66. While in Williams it is only 50 miles down Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. If I were a kid I would pray my parents did not inflict Sedona on me. However Oak Creek is a MUST see!! Williams has several Rv parks and is 60 miles from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon.On down I-40,5 miles past Ash Fork take the Crookston exit. This is the start of the longest unbroken streach of R66.You can now drive to the Colorado river on R66. In Seligman see all the above listed attractions. Westside Lilo's is a VERY good place to eat. West of Seligman is the Grand Canyon Caverns. In addition to the caverns the is a Motel,RV Resterrant,Gas. VERY campy I think they have a pool. A neat Animal rescue farm( tigers and such) in Valintine. Hackberry is a neat stop. Kingman has Lots of R66 stuff. Oatman is very touristy but fun, donkeys roaming the street( lots), gunfights every day. From Oatman to the Ca. border is about 30 miles. InJune it will be 115-120 degree's during the day at the river. Route 66 is just good fun! Adios , John
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:21 PM   #16
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Oak Creek is pretty, but when we were last there—maybe 4 or 5 years ago, all the FS picnic stops along the creek required a fee, but you had to go to the FS office just south of Sedona to pay it, so anyone driving south couldn't stop there, and anyone driving north, probably wouldn't know it. Hardly anyone was at those picnic areas as a result (plus a lot of people refuse to pay the fee).

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I would not recommend travelling Oak Creek Canyon with your trailer on. It is a narrow windy road and Gene is correct. Now, if you were to camp in Williams and make a day trip to Sadona then you would do O.K. We stayed in Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood) last year and took a trip up to Sadona. It had been several years since we had been there. It is still a nice town but with a RV on it would be a little difficult to get around.
Any plans to do like we did in Leadville last year? We really enjoyed the rally and trying to plan something this year. When you head for Telluride and go through Cortez, if you need a place to pitch you tent for the night let me know because I have more than enough room to put your rig.
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Instead of Sedona (it's real touristy and expensive), you might want to consider checking out Flagstaff. It's cooler there, too.

There's a lot to do in and near Flagstaff:

1. Grand Canyon Railway, departs from Williams, AZ. They have a campground (more like a parking lot) there, but there are several campgrounds nearby. I think the KOA near Williams is open again (they had a fire there a few years ago and were closed for quite awhile). It's a little pricey, but it's a once in a lifetime experience. Besides the ride to the Grand Canyon, there's an old west shootout, and the train gets robbed by masked horsemen on the return trip. Don't count on spending much time at the Canyon, though; they only stop off for an hour or two before returning.

2. Black Barts in Flagstaff. Food is pretty good, and you get lots of it; but people go there for the entertainment. Music majors from Northern Arizona University are the servers, and they sing and dance all through dinner. Lots of sing-a-long fun for the family. There's a campground and general store on-site, too; but the campground is a little worn. OK for overnight, but probably not a destination.

3. Beautiful, National Park campground at Sunset Crater (the actual campground is called . Really clean, flush toilets and running water, but no showers. This would be a good base camp for exploring Flagstaff, which is only a couple of miles away. There's tours of the cinder fields near the base of Sunset Crater, which is a old volcano, and Indian ruins in the park.

4. There's a KOA right in Flagstaff, too; but it's really crowded in the summer. Also, not as enjoyable as boondocking. But they have nice showers, and it backs onto National Forest land, so there's lots of hiking trails nearby.

5. Short stretch of Route 66 right in Flagstaff. If you like diners, check out the Galaxy diner. I don't recall it being there before I-40 was built, but they've got authentic diner food, like giant burgers and frosty shakes. Great breakfasts, too.

6. Lots of cultural stuff, too, including: An observatory and planetarium, a couple of Indian museums,
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I kind of liked Joe and Aggies in Holbrook (AZ). Nice place for lunch. Life could be worse.
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That's a lot of great info in just a couple of days, it'll take a while for my wife and I to look into everything. Thanks to everyone, and keep it coming if you have more ideas. As far as Sedona we actually planned on staying at Cave Spring state park near Sedona and taking in Slide Rock state park while we're in the area. They have some natural water slides that I think the boys would enjoy after a day of hiking. We haven't ruled out traveling a little more across 66 while staying at Cave Spring. Seeing Williams, and Oatman are likely but making to Kingman, or the California line would mean pushing through New Mexico with very few stops since we only have 10 days. Work always seems to get in the way of camping, but at least my job gives me very little time off during ski season and a lot of free time during the summer when we can camp.
It's nice to here from Gene, Bob, and Lou. If you're up for it I could go for another boon docking weekend. Turquoise lake was great, or maybe the Shrine pass could give us a break this time.

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You know, folks talk about Highway 66 almost with mysticism. Gosh, I've lived on or near the highway (pre-interstate), and it was just another highway. Maybe it's all Steinbeck's fault.

Personally, I think it's interesting to look at some of the other old and well-known highways, including US Route 64, which still extends from near the coast in North Carolina to just over the NM/AZ border at Tec Nos Pos. Or US Route 60, running from Virginia to near the border with Califoria in Arizona.

Wikipedia, Route 64
Wikipedia, Route 60

Have fun down the highway!

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Sorry to double-post, but I wasn't finished editing and the forum kicked me out. Now, I can't edit my previous post. Guess I am going to have to read the instructions...

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Instead of Sedona (it's real touristy and expensive), you might want to consider checking out Flagstaff. It's cooler there, too.

There's a lot to do in and near Flagstaff:

1. Grand Canyon Railway, departs from Williams, AZ. They have a campground (more like a parking lot) there, but there are several other campgrounds nearby. I think the KOA near Williams is open again (they had a fire there a few years ago and were closed for quite awhile). The railroad is a little pricey, but it's a once in a lifetime experience. Besides the ride to the Grand Canyon, there's an old west shootout, and the train gets robbed by masked horsemen on the return trip. Don't count on spending much time at the Canyon, though; they only stop off for an hour or two before returning. If you decide to camp there, make sure to check on reservations.

2. Black Bart's in Flagstaff. Food is pretty good if you like barbecue and cowboy beans, and you get lots of it; but people go there for the entertainment. Music majors from Northern Arizona University are the servers, and they sing and dance all through dinner. Lots of sing-a-long fun for the family. There's a campground and general store on-site, too; but the campground is a little worn. OK for overnight, but probably not a destination.

3. Sunset Crater has a great campground. It's really clean, with flush toilets and running water, but no showers. This would be a good base camp for exploring Flagstaff, which is only a couple of miles away. There's tours of the cinder fields near the base of Sunset Crater, which is a old volcano, and Indian ruins in the park. All spots are paved and level, with lots of room to spread out in the pines.

4. There's a KOA right in Flagstaff, too; but it's really crowded in the summer and not as enjoyable as boondocking. But they have nice showers, and it backs onto National Forest land, so there's lots of hiking trails nearby. Also, it's just a few hundred yards from shopping and restaurants. By the way, Flagstaff is on a rail line, so you'll hear trains all night just about anywhere in town, including here.

5. Route 66 has a stretch preserved right in Flagstaff. If you like diners, check out the Galaxy. I don't recall it being there before I-40 was built, but they've got authentic diner food, like giant burgers and frosty shakes. Great breakfasts, too.

6. Lots of cultural stuff, too, including: An observatory and planetarium, a couple of Indian museums, Northern Arizona University, summer outdoor concerts, etc.
On the way to Flagstaff from Albuquerque, be sure to check out the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon, all right on I-40. There's some landmarks you'll recognize from old Route 66 photos in Gallop, NM and some of the other small towns.
If you make a big loop through northern Arizona and Utah, you can also visit Lake Powell (great beach camping at Lone Rock, but check out the sand before you drive on it), the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce.

We usually tour the Rockies every couple of years, and there's probably a lot of stuff you drive right past when leaving the state. If I can figure out how to upload a PDF file, I'll post our trip from last summer that included the "Old 100 Gold Mine", Pike's Peak, the Great Sand Dunes and more.
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I could tell you of lot's of places to camp along 66....but I have forgotten most of them. I traveled the whole route 66 in 1952 when I was 14 with dad, mom and younger brother. I should try and see what is left.
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Charlie, if you go to Flagstaff, don't tow the trailer into downtown. Streets are very narrow and lots of traffic. The road system in Flagstaff always confuses me, but somehow I always get to where I'm going which is mystical.

If you want to do some great two lane blacktop trips, pick up Road Trip USA—one of them is Rt. 66, but also about 10 other such trips from border to border. It's a very popular book and I think it's in it's 4th edition.

Ten days isn't much to do everything and it's always hard to select what to do and what to see next time—making those selections never gets any easier even when you have months to travel.

A place for a side trip when in the Sedona area is the funky old mining town of Jerome. Leave the trailer at a campground (no place for it in Jerome), maybe leave the kids at a waterpark, and waste a day doing not much except walking around, looking at old buildings, etc. I'm sure some will go for recreational shopping, but that's something I avoid (but am often dragged to—look for the old guy sitting on a bench outside). I think there may be a museum.

Yes, Leadville was fun last year. We're thinking about going to a Forum rally in northern Cal. in early August, but it's kind of early to be settled on anything. One thing for sure, if you plan a rally in the Rockies in June, it'll snow and snow and snow into May.

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The section around and through Santa Fe has a few interesting little stops. But due to the tight corners and one-way streets, it's pretty much a no-tow zone. Feeds the whole 66 nostalgia thing well though.

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Oak Creek Canyon does have one windy section but we had no problem pulling our 25' AS north bound through there as we left the Dead Horse Rally a couple of years ago.

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beach camping at Lone Rock

Hey Phoenix,
Have you actually pulled in to the Lone Rock area to camp?
I have wondered about how nice a place that might be.


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If you make a big loop through northern Arizona and Utah, you can also visit Lake Powell (great beach camping at Lone Rock, but check out the sand before you drive on it), the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce.
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